Crafting with Kids: Puffy Paint

This past week the girls and I decided to get a little crafty in the kitchen. We love to paint. We paint everything: cards, pictures, even our kitchen table! (Yes, we did that one on purpose; more on that in another post!)

Over summer the girls went to art camp for a few days and during camp created puffy paint. It is just as it sounds: paint that puffs up once it is dried. This is a super easy, non-toxic craft you can do in your home with only three ingredients (all of which can be ingested so no toxic worries!), paper, brushes and a microwave!

One note: This post started off as “Making Easter Cards with Puffy Paint.” Only you know how kids are. The girls decided they didn’t really want to make Easter cards; instead, they wanted to make something for their teachers, and then something for their cousins, but definitely not something related to Easter. So of course I went with the flow and watched them create what they wanted, which included numerous hearts! This craft COULD be used to make cool Easter cards is my point; simply draw an egg on the front, maybe include a pattern of sorts if you are so inclined, or just let the kids paint the egg in the way they want. Maybe we’ll do this over the weekend, since we are still Easter card-less!

How to Make Puffy Paint
(Are you ready for this?!)

Put equal parts of flour and salt (I used about half to one tablespoon of each) into a cup or bowl.  

               

Add four or so squirts of food coloring.  

               

Mix this together. It will be pretty dry. Once it is somewhat mixed, start adding small parts of water. I found the water ration was about the same as the flour/salt amount, but I added the water a bit at a time.

‘Paint’ your pictures.  

               

When completed, put the painting in the microwave. Ours took from 20-30 seconds to dry and puff up as much as we wanted it to, but we did it in ten second increments. After, we placed the paintings on the counter to let them set.

So cute, so fun, and SO easy!!

               

What’s your favorite easy to make craft activity?

All images via Kathy Murdock

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Crafting with Kids: Puffy Paint

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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2 comments

  1. sounds fun! I’ll have to try this with my niece n nephews

  2. sheenaholman says:

    Thanks for this, cant wait to try it!

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